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Richmond showcases 2022 Capital Projects Highlights online

By Coun. Linda McPhail

Published 3:33 PDT, Thu May 12, 2022

As the population of Richmond grows, so does the need for new and upgraded facilities and amenities that are dependable, resilient and accessible for residents and businesses.

Upgrading the height and durability of our dikes, renewing park amenities, building new community centres and pump stations, as well as upgrading water mains, sewers and roadways are projects that align with Council’s strategic goals and help support the continued growth of our city.

This year we have dedicated $107.8 million for over 90 projects. This significant investment brings new critical infrastructure to Richmond to ensure a stronger, more resilient community. 

Council’s strategic plans, policies and priorities guide all these investments, and City staff’s expertise and dedication make them possible. Capital requirements are driven by many factors including growth, existing asset condition, industry standards, and legislated, regulatory and safety requirements. 

To learn more about some of the large projects taking place this year, I invite you to explore the online, interactive 2022 Capital Projects Highlights at www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca.

At this site, you can explore information by business division, and links to interactive maps. You can search through clickable links to specific projects to see concise summaries with photos and/or videos. There is also an opportunity to submit questions online until Sunday, May 29, or to contact project leads directly to find out more information.

The City’s current priority infrastructure projects including flood protection, various transportation initiatives, critical building and park upgrades are just a few of the interesting projects people can click through from any digital device via LetsTalkRichmond.ca without leaving the comfort of their home.

Funding for the Capital Budget comes from a variety of sources including development cost charges, external sources like grants from other levels of government, reserves and funds from surplus set aside for future commitments.

Some of the projects highlighted this year include:

Engineering and Public Works

• Upgrades to dikes, water main installations and expansions to the City’s award-winning district energy utility. 

Parks 

• The renewal of Minoru Lakes. The Minoru Lakes will function as storm water management ponds for the neighbourhood to the east of the park, providing sustainable environmental benefits as they improve water quality and support wildlife habitat. 

• South Arm Playground renewal includes enhanced trail connection, a plaza with park shelter, expanded picnic areas, new furnishings, shade trees and off-leash dog area upgrades.

Transportation

• Review and improvements to 20 collision-prone intersections, active transportation facilities, transit amenities and arterial roadway improvements 

Buildings

• Richmond Animal Shelter, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Steveston Community Centre and Branch Library, Capstan Community Centre and Hummingbird Child Care Centre 

Public Art associated with capital projects 

• Throughout the City at pump stations, fire halls and recreation facilities.

Construction has largely proceeded as scheduled through the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the commitment and effort of everyone to keep our infrastructure safe. 

Visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca today to find out more.

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